2018 Tribeca Film Festival – Look Who’s Talking Now!

Last year’s Tribeca Film Festival Tribeca Talks series saw the unlikely on stage pairing of Robert Rodriguez and Barbra Streisand to discuss the latter’s career. Rodriguez revealed that in his household growing up Streisand was already revered as a singer and actress, but when she became a filmmaker it inspired a young Robert to take up a camera himself.

The 2018 line-up doesn’t have any pairings quite as surprising, but there are still some exciting names to see alongside each other such as Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee who’ll discuss their movie passions, while Tribeca Film Festival co-founder and all round legend Robert De Niro will interview Bradley Cooper about his career as actor, producer and director. Other names taking to the Tribeca Talks stage this year include Alexander Payne, Laura Poitras, Nancy Meyers, John Legend, Edward Burns, Jamie Foxx, Sarah Jessica Parker and Jason Reitman whose talk will follow the New York premiere of his new film Tully.

Here’s a full rundown of Tribeca Talks taking place throughout the festival which runs in New York from Wednesday 18th to Sunday 29th April 2018. For the full programme, venue details, date and times and to buy tickets go to: https://www.tribecafilm.com/


Oscar-winner Alexander Payne will take to the Tribeca stage to discuss his career as a writer and director of films such as Election, Downsizing, The Descendants, About Schmidt and Nebraska.

Tribeca Talks 2018 Jason Reitman and Tamara Jenkins
Tribeca Talks 2018 Jason Reitman and Tamara Jenkins

Following the New York Premiere of his new collaboration with Diablo Cody, Tully, writer, director, and producer Jason Reitman (Thank you For SmokingUp in the Air) will sit down with fellow writer and director Tamara Jenkins (The Savages, Slums of Beverly Hills) to discuss his latest film and career.


Pulitzer Prize and Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker, journalist and artist Laura Poitras (CITIZENFOUR, My Country, My Country) will take to the Tribeca stage to discuss her body of work.

Writer, director and producer Nancy Meyers will discuss her films with critic Carrie Rickey taking in Meyers’ debut as the co-screenwriter of Private Benjamin and her work as the writer and director of much loved romantic comedies such as It’s Complicated and Something’s Gotta Give.

Lesli Linka Glatter is one of television’s most prolific directors with credits including: Twin Peaks, Freaks and Geeks, Gilmore Girls, The West Wing, Mad Men and Homeland. She will be joined on stage by her Homeland collaborator Claire Danes for a conversation about their careers and the trails they’ve blazed for women in the business.


Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper will sit down with Tribeca co-founder Robert De Niro to discuss Cooper’s career as an actor, producer and director. The talk will cover Cooper’s work in comedies like Wet Hot American Summer, Wedding Crashers and The Hangover trilogy as well as his dramatic turns in films such as Silver Linings Playbook and American Sniper. Cooper’s directorial debut, A Star is Born, is set for release in October 2018.

2018 TRIBECA TALKS Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee
2018 TRIBECA TALKS Alec Baldwin and Spike Lee

Actor, writer and producer Alec Baldwin (Beetlejuice, The Hunt for Red October, Glengarry Glen Ross) will be joined by Oscar-winning director, producer, writer, actor and activist Spike Lee (Do The Right Thing, Malcolm X, Inside Man) to discuss their their favourite movies of all time and the films that have influenced them as creators.

2018 Tribeca Talks John Legend
2018 Tribeca Talks John Legend

Oscar, Golden Globe and Grammy winning singer, songwriter, actor and producer John Legend will discuss his career including La La Land and the TV show, Underground, which he both starred in and executive produced.

In conjunction with the World Premiere of his film Summertime, actor, producer, writer, and director Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan) will sit down with The New York Post’s Mike Vaccaro. Burns launched his career as a writer/director/actor with the 1995 Sundance Grand Jury Prize winner The Brothers McMullen. He went on to write, direct and act in She’s the One, Sidewalks of New York and Newlyweds.

Oscar, Golden Globe, BAFTA and Grammy winning actor, musician and comedian Jamie Foxx (Ray, Collateral) will discuss his career to date, as only the second man in history to receive two acting Oscar nominations in the same year for two different roles. Four of his albums have charted in the top ten of the US Billboard 200. He’ll next be seen as Little John in Robin Hood scheduled for release in November 2018.


2018 Tribeca Talks Sarah Jessica Parker
2018 Tribeca Talks Sarah Jessica Parker

Sarah Jessica Parker will discuss her career across multiple platforms in Broadway, film, television, fashion and the literary world. From acting and producing with her Emmy Award-winning role in Sex & the City to her current show Divorce, for which she has been nominated for a Golden Globe. She has become synonymous with New York where she lives and runs her own production company Pretty Matches.

Additionally the free programme TRIBECA TALKS: MASTER CLASS will host discussions on Writing & Showrunning for TV with American television writing duo, Robert and Michelle King, plus a Talk on Sound & Music Design for Film will be moderated by Glenn Kiser, director of the Dolby Institute.

TRIBECA TALKS: FUTURE OF FILM will host the sessions Artificial Intelligence and Augmented & Reality: The Future of Immersive Storytelling, Education and Advocacy in VR and Blockchain: Can Blockchain Breed Blockbusters? Further sessions will cover Interactive Technology in Storytelling and The Game-Changer: Building Faster, Smarter Games on the Cloud.

The Tribeca/ESPN Sports Film Festival Talk will explore ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcasts which will premiere its first serialised season this spring with five episodes covering the complex world of Bikram Yoga.